With reminders of its stirring history and rich culture on every corner, Ireland's capital and largest city is a sightseer's delight. Dublin holds its own above its weight class in arts, entertainment, food, and fun. Dublin's fair city will have you humming, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O." Filled with a rich history, the city is looking ahead to a bright future. Dubliners are energetic and helpful, while visitors enjoy a big-town cultural scene wrapped in a small-town smile.
At a Glance
▲▲▲ Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl A fascinating, practical, and enjoyable primer on traditional Irish music.
▲▲▲ National Museum: Archaeology Interesting collection of Irish treasures from the Stone Age to today.
▲▲▲ Kilmainham Gaol Historic jail used by the British as a political prison — today a museum that tells a moving story of the suffering of the Irish people.
▲▲ Historical Walking Tour Your best introduction to Dublin.
▲▲ Trinity College Tour Ireland's most famous school, best visited with a 30-minute tour led by one of its students.
▲▲ Book of Kells in the Trinity Old Library An exquisite illuminated manuscript, the most important piece of art from the Dark Ages.
▲▲ Grafton Street The city's liveliest pedestrian shopping mall.
▲▲ Dublin Castle The city's historic 700-year-old castle, featuring ornate English state apartments, tourable only with a guide.
▲▲ Chester Beatty Library American expatriate's eclectic yet sumptuous collection of literary and religious treasures from Islam, the Orient, and medieval Europe.
▲▲ Temple Bar Dublin's rowdiest neighborhood, with shops, cafés, theaters, galleries, pubs, and restaurants — a great spot for live traditional music.
▲▲ O'Connell Bridge Landmark bridge spanning the River Liffey at the center of Dublin.
▲▲ O'Connell Street Dublin's grandest promenade and main drag, packed with history and ideal for a stroll.
▲ Number Twenty-Nine Georgian House Restored 18th-century house; tours provide an intimate glimpse of middle-class Georgian life.
▲ National Gallery Fine collection of top Irish painters and European masters.
▲ Merrion Square Enjoyable and inviting park with a fun statue of Oscar Wilde.
▲ St. Stephen's Green Relaxing park surrounded by fine Georgian buildings.
▲ Dublinia A fun, kid-friendly look at Dublin's Viking and medieval past with a side order of archaeology and a cool town model.
▲ Dublin Writers Museum Modest collection of authorial bric-a-brac.
▲ Hugh Lane Gallery Modern and contemporary art, starring Monet, Bacon, and Irish artists.
▲ Guinness Storehouse The home of Ireland's national beer, with a museum of beer-making, a gallery of clever ads, and Gravity Bar with panoramic city views.
▲ National Museum: Decorative Arts and History Shows off Irish dress, furniture, silver, and weaponry with a special focus on the 1916 rebellion, fight for independence, and civil war.
▲ Gaelic Athletic Association Museum High-tech museum of traditional Gaelic sports such as hurling and Irish football.